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Peringanda alleges police corruption and brutality

Following a recent public meeting  held by Nampol and the Erongo Police Regional Commander in Swakopmund’s DRC informal settlement, a letter of concern was directed to the Ministry of Safety and Security by a prominent community leader.

In his letter to the regional headquarters of the ministry Mr Laidlaw Peringanda lashes out against alleged police brutality…

Walvis Bay Council reveals its development plan

The Town Planning Section of the Municipality of Walvis Bay held a series of public meetings last week in Walvis Bay to present the newly-approved Integrated Urban Spatial Development framework for Walvis Bay.

Diagram of the Urban Spatial Development Plant: Source Walvis Bay Municipality Urban Plan


Swakopmund Indoor Sport Centre completes second phase

THE second phase of the Swakopmund Indoor Sport Centre (SISC) is complete with commercial institutions moving in as from August/September.

Construction of the multi-million Indoor Sport Centre commenced late in 2012 and once completed it will be the only multi-sport complex of its kind in Africa, spanning over 7000 m².…


Key issues behind Rössing’s desalination plant

Rössing Uranium Mine’s newly proposed desalination plant would be located about 6 km north of Swakopmund.

Although it is widely considered a positive move, a number of environmental concerns will however have to be addressed before the…

El Niño expected to affect the regional climate in coming months

Parts of Namibia and southern Africa will be affected by major climate events related to the El Niño phenomenon in the coming months.

According to forecasts by the Climate Prediction Centre of International…

Western route through Etosha Park now open to all

Good news for travelers planning to visit the Etosha National Park in Namibia is that the Galton Gate Route between the Galton Gate and M'Bari in Western Etosha is now open to tourists. 

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the US-sponsored Millennium Challenge Account are promoting the opening of the western part of the Etosha National Park…

Courts & Crime

Five on trial for murder of Neumann

Five men who stand accused of murdering German citizen Thilo Neumann in Swakopmund in 2010 are currently on trial in the Regional Magistrate's Court.

Following a long delay the trial of Fillemon Shilongo, Sem Mwaala Shamha, David David, David Asino and Johannes Kambonde is now in full swing and the group has made a number of court appearances since 17 July. Neumann (40) was wounded and killed at the front door…


Overview of risks to the Namibian economy

The Sub-Saharan Africa region faces a number of downside risks, despite the optimistic growth outlook, says the Bank of Namibia.

A stronger-than-projected slowdown of the Chinese economy may weaken exports and investment growth in the region.

Also, the region’s vulnerability to capital outflows, as US monetary authorities taper off their monetary stimulus poses a…

Mining sector expected to shrink further in 2014

The primary industries of the Namibian economy contracted by 9.3 percent during 2013 and are estimated to contract further in 2014.

The primary sector is expected to rebound from the contraction in 2013, owing to positive developments across the sectors. It is however projected to improve and grow by 2.6 percent in…

Eco Atlantic forges ahead with oil exploration plans in Walvis basin

An emerging oil and gas exploration company, in which a former minister of mines and energy has a key stake, said last week that it has secured funding to start exploration off the coast of Walvis Bay.

Eco Atlantic Oil & Gas announced that it entered into a farm-out agreement with Tullow Kudu, a Namibian subsidiary of Tullow Oil plc, through which Tullow will…

Roads and Traffic

Traffic officers appeal to drivers to heed rules of the road

The Traffic department of Walvis Bay has raised concern regarding vehicles left in public areas after instructions were given to remove these vehicles.

A crash scene outside the Walvis Bay police station. Photo File 2013…

Truck crashes at Diaz Circle

An ERF truck (N 150-618 W), pulling double link flat top trailers loaded with charcoal capsized at the Diaz circle in Walvis Bay at approximately 16:30 on Friday.

Nobody was injured in the incident; but when traffic officials arrived on the scene they found the truck abandoned. Upon investigation they found the license of C Katjipoto in the…


Coastal businesses boost Mayoral Relief Fund

Business leaders from the coastal region pledged over N$700 000 towards the Walvis Bay Mayoral Relief Fund at a glitzy gala event held by the Office of the Mayor on Saturday.

This appears to be one of the largest amounts donated to the fund in years, with property mogul John Savva contributing the lion's share of the total with a N$450,000 donation made up of a plot valued…

Mayors promise to end hunger

A three-day workshop on Food and Nutrition Security attended by Civic leaders in Windhoek resolved to drive urban agriculture in order to end hunger in Namibia.

Windhoek Mayor Agnes Kafula (left) and Walvis Bay Mayor Uillika Nambahu presenting recommendations on Food and Nutrition…



Dolphin RC retains Oswald Campbell Trophy

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Classic football clashes underway

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Squash notes Namib Diesel Social Doubles League

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Coastal businesses boost Mayoral Relief Fund

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Key issues behind Rössing’s desalination plant

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Dolphin RC retains Oswald Campbell Trophy

Dolphin Rugby Club and Kudu Rugby Club fought it out for the annual Oswald Campbell Trophy over the past weekend at the Vineta North Field in Swakopmund.

The huge number of people that attended the match was entertained with 80 minutes of big hits, strong running and some extraordinary speed and skills of both teams.

The northwestern wind could not influence the tempo of…

Classic football clashes underway

Last weekend saw the final match of the first part of the 2014 FNB Classic Clashes being held in Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay Private School (WBPHS) and HTS (Hoër Tegniese Skool) met on the rugby field in Walvis Bay and the hosts celebrated a 19:12 victory. HTS started on a high note and led 12:0 by half time.

The second half belonged to the home team who also had a huge crowd cheering…

Squash notes Namib Diesel Social Doubles League

Last week the NDSDL kicked off with a lot of enthusiasm, as quite a few players have come to enjoy playing doubles. It’s a lot more fun and many a time not as taxing as singles, although things can get a bit hairy with four players on the court at the same time.

It’s also very entertaining and at times can be quite hilarious, very definitely a spectator sport. Play will be at Buccaneers every Monday and Wednesday till 13…

Somaeb signs with Free State Stars

Langer Heinrich Uranium (LHU) Blue Waters chairperson Hafeni Ndemula announced that their star striker and current Namibian Premier League top marksman Hendrik Somaeb (22) signed with Free State Stars. 

Photo: Shooting star Langer Heinrich Uranium (LHU) Blue Waters chairperson Hafeni Ndemula announced that their star striker and current Namibian Premier League top marksman Hendrik Somaeb (22) signed with Free State Stars. Ndemula made the announcement at a press briefing on Tuesday. Somaeb captained Blue Waters, scored 22 goals in the recently concluded campaign and will join fellow compatriots Rudolph Bester (formerly from Arrows) and Da Costa Angula (formerly from Black Africa) at the South African based Premier League team. On Sunday, in Bethlehem in the Free State, he put pen to paper following a one month trial stint. Hendrick said he is happy with the deal offered to him by the South African outfit and shared the good news with his mother first. “Training is tougher and the competition in South Africa is more intense. I am looking forward to work hard in order to clinch an improved deal within the near future” he commented. He donated N$5 000 to Narraville Primary School and De Duine Secondary School each and N$50 000 from his signing fee to Blue Waters be-fore he left for South Africa. He joined his new team on Wednesday to prepare for the new season that will start on Friday, 8 August. Free State Stars will take on Kaizer Chiefs in their season opener. Current Blue Waters coach, Paulus Shipanga recommended Somaeb to Free State Stars which plays in the South African Premier Soccer League. Somaeb signed with the club which was founded in 1977 in a small village in an area then known as QwaQwa. The club gained promotion to the National Premier Soccer League in 1986 and is currently coached by Belgium national Tom Saintfiet. The club finished 14th in the 2013/2014 season. Its previous honours include being crowned Baymed Cup Winners 2006, Mvela Golden League Champions 2004-05 and 2006-07, Second Division Champions 1985 and Coca-Cola Cup Winners 1994. Ndemula hailed Somaeb’s feat as a joyous occasion for the Namibian sport fraternity and his former club. “We are truly champions when it comes to providing quality players and achieved this through hard work and dedication. We produced the likes of Ranga Lukas and Riva Ekonja in the 1970’s, Sandro de Gouveia, Koko Muatunga, Armando Pedro, Paulus Shipanga, Zico Paulus and Ronnie Kanalelo in the 1980’s,” said Ndemula. He also paid tribute to Langer Heinrich Uranium for standing by the club as a sponsor and supporting the development of young players. Ninety percent of the current crop of Blue Watersplayers is younger than 25 years. An emotional Sandro de Gouveia (Blue Waters Treasurer) who had been involved in the development of Somaeb from the age of 12, said that the club was a vehicle for many players and helps them grow by changing their attitudes. “Somaeb proved that hard work cultivates hope and can make dreams come true. LHU did not only availed monetary support but installed vital requirements at Blue Waters such as being financially accountable and thus ensured that we will continue to create better individuals.” LHU Corporate Relations Manager Ratonda Murangi Katjivikua commented that the company was honoured to be associated with the team and a player of Somaeb’s stature. “Through our partnership with Blue Waters we sponsored the devel opment of four players over the past six years and believe that Somaeb’s achievement will encourage others to follow in his footsteps,” she said. Walvis Bay Municipal Sport Officer Daniel Mouton said that he was overwhelmed by the announcement and that Somaeb’s achievement proves that proper development will produce proper players. Somaeb started his soccer career by playing street soccer in the dusty salt streets of Kuisebmond. He played for NPS and De Duine and was roped in by De Gouveia and Mouton as a member of their DDD Soccer Academy at the age of 12. Under their mentorship he was chosen to represent Namibia on two occasions in Christiansand, Norway. Mouton recounted how he followed Somaeb from the first day he set eyes on him and how he allowed Somaeb to play at u/17 level at the age of 13. He concluded by thanking Blue Waters for believing in Somaeb. De Gouviea shared how he convinced coach Lucky Shipanga to introduce the young hard running and exceptionally quick Somaeb in the second half against African Stars in 2009 for his first premier league match. The player went on to become the National u/17 squad captain and also played for the u/20 side. Ndemula made the announcement at a press briefing on Tuesday. 

Somaeb captained Blue Waters, scored 22 goals…

Prizes up for grabs in Xtrail Run

Windhoek Light, together with Otb Sport and Midgard Country Lodge, is hosting an Xtrail run and Mountain Bike ride in the mountains at the source of the Swakop River.

Here, high up on the farm Midgard, the first streams start which develops into the huge Swakop River. This is the first year that the run will be held in these mountains.…


Pakleppa's film on anti-colonial struggle opens at NTN on Sunday

President Hifikepunye Pohamba will be the keynote speaker at the launch of Richard Pakleppa’s latest documentary film, Paths to Freedom, this Sunday at the National Theatre of Namibia.

The President features in the documentary as one of the interviewees, alongside other prominent Namibian leaders and activists such as Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Founding President Sam…

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Health & Beauty

“Boot-out Cancer Day” ‘n groot sukses

Swakopmund Kankervereniging het weer hul “Boot-out Cancer Day” aangebied en volgens Mev Anita Korf het Namib Primȇre Skool, onder leiding van Mev Edwina Cloete, hierdie jaar ‘n bedrag van N$6 670 ten bate van kanker ingesamel.

Foto: Leerlinge van Namib Primere Skool

Hierdie projek het in 2012 afgeskop en Mev Korf noem dat NPS nog elke jaar die meeste geld ingesamel het.…


Tienerswangerskappe – die vet is in die vuur

Media beriggewing aangaande die feit dat byna 90 skooldogters in die Erongo Streek in die “ander tyd” is, het die kus behoorlik aan die gons.

Mynwerkers word as die sondebokke, wat nie hul hormone in toom kan hou nie, uitgewys en hierdie stelling het baie van die manne behoorlik omgekrap.

Vissermanne vaar glo in dieselfde bootjie.



Pedal Power at Tour d’ Narraville

Twenty-five cyclists participated in the Tour d’ Narraville, presented by the Verenigde Gereformeerde Kerk (VGK) on Saturday.

The race is an annual adventure ride organised by church members to raise funds for the congregation. 

It serves the purpose of providing cyclists from Walvis Bay with an opportunity to visit Narraville…



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